What Is 925 Silver?

Posted on April 30 2018

925: The Most Popular Silver of All

One of the most common materials in jewellery today, 925 silver goes by many different alias' across the web. Sterling silver, .925 silver, even %92.5 silver depending on where you are looking to buy it from and in what format.

Along with silver plating, which tends to be significantly cheaper, 925 silver is a valuable material that creates stunning pieces of jewellery that are not only hard wearing and easy to manipulate, but also relatively affordable when compared to other more expensive materials.

Why Only 92.5%?

Pure silver, sometimes referred to as fine silver, is 99.9%; but this is too soft to handle being incorporated into jewellery or items that are supposed to be used in day to day. This is why pure silver items are rare and are usually for display purposes only.

To make it tougher and more durable, pure silver is mixed with around 7.5% other material - usually copper - to create an alloy which carries the majority of the properties of pure silver, with an added element of durability. The remaining percentage - 92.5 - gives sterling silver it's name. 

Tarnished Reputation

Although adding this extra material gives it an element of durability, it also makes sterling silver prone to tarnishing if left out for a long time or not stored in a protective case. 

To prevent tarnishing, the silver piece such as one of our sterling silver charm bracelets, should be regularly cleaned and polished with a polishing cloth to help keep it looking stunning every day. 

Tarnishing isn't irreversible and is simply a reaction of the materials in the alloy to the chemicals that are naturally in the air - even the most tarnished piece of jewellery can be restored to its former glory with a little elbow grease.

Why Is 925 Silver So Popular?

Along with pieces of jewellery, 925 silver has been used historically for almost everything of value in a household.

Dating right back to the Victorian period when it had its heyday, 925 sterling silver was used in everything from fine dinnerware for the upper classes which featured elaborate designs and utensils who's usage is completely lost today' to more modest items such as teaspoons or other items of cutlery. 

The material was so popular it was even used to make surgical tools before being replaced by more durable plastics and steel later on in history; this was a relevant use for the alloy as it is naturally aseptic.

So if you want to own a piece of history that dazzles and adds a touch of elegance to your jewellery cabinet, check out our range of sterling silver charm bracelets!

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